Universal and indivisible human rights

Universal and indivisible human rights

It would be easy to pit the rights of one group against the rights of another. For example, opponents of marriage equality argue that it diminishes the rights of religious believers. Or opponents of reproductive choice argue that it affects the “rights” of foetuses or embryos. This is a false distinction. National and European courts repeatedly rule that the beliefs or rights of one group cannot be used to justify restricting the rights of another. This is why our members stand firmly for the rights of all to be respected.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) refer to people’s human rights and well-being in relation to their sexuality and reproduction. Every person should be able to choose whether and when to have children, live free from bodily harm and sexual violence.

Everyone deserves, equally, to live without stigma and discrimination.

SRHR services include:

  • Receiving information and education
  • Services related to modern contraception
  • Reproductive health services including abortion
  • Maternal and child health
  • Sexually transmitted infections and HIV treatment, prevention and care
  • Prevention and support provided to the survivors of gender based violence and prevention of sexual abuse and care.

SRHR are related to the EU’s core values; a violation of SRHR breaches the right to life, equality, non-discrimination, dignity, family life, health and freedom from inhumane and degrading treatment.

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